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West Virginia

West Virginia

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West Virginia
Dan Ringer K8WV
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June 30, 2022
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager


Riley Hollingsworth is seeking candidates for the Volunteer Monitor Program. Says that there are a few holes and that he would like to keep a list in reserve. The last few years have been hard on all volunteers and the VM’s are no different. The challenge is to find operators willing to take part in the program and have the technical skills and temperament for the job. Riley is seeking one or preferably two names of potential candidates. He will be responsible for taking it from there. The candidates do not need to be in a specific location. Please forward recommendations to


June was a hectic, busy, and MUCH fun month!  Here in the West Virginia Section we had the WV QSO Party, and Field Day on consecutive weekends, PLUS the 4th of July the following weekend!  What a ride!  The QSO Party was FABULOUS!  If you ever wanted to be rare DX (sorta’) this was the time.  There were huge pileups on pretty much every West Virginia station.  Yours truly only had a hour to operate in the contest, but worked 100 stations in 60 minutes on 40 meters, with ONE CQ Contest call! Amazing!



07/30/2022 –  WV State Amateur Radio Convention
Location: Flatwoods, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest and Convention
Sponsor: WV State Amateur Radio Council

08/13/2022 – Tri-State Amateur Radio Assoc. 59th Annual Hamfest
Location: Huntington, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Tri-State Amateur Radio Assoc. Inc.


The FCC’s computer system problems have resulted in the new ham report being currently unavailable.  It will be distributed as soon as it’s available to the ARRL.



Unfortunately, WV hams have been seriously restricted in our ability to engage in public service events during the past couple of years, or to do much other than operate. So, it’s more important than ever to let people know what we do to be ready to respond when help is needed!  The positions of Public Information Officers and Emergency Coordinators are designed to fill these needs. Please consider volunteering!

Each ARRL affiliated club should have a designated Public Information Officer (PIO)! Basically, the PIO is the club public relations officer, and is nominated by their club and appointed by the Section Manager. You can read the official position description at


We have several openings for Emergency Coordinators. Ideally, we would have one in each county. It is a serious position. You can read about it here:

Basic requirements: Technician-class license or higher; full ARRL membership, and achievement of Level 3 qualifications. (Must, within the period of 1 year, from the issuance of this document or appointment as EC, whichever comes later, or such further time period as authorized by the SM, complete all of the requirements for Level 3 qualification.)

In addition to the basic requirements it is important that an EC make a good impression when dealing with governmental officials, have excellent speaking and writing skills, work well with others as both a leader and a follower, and make monthly, timely reports to the SEC. Contact for more information.

**  CLUBS!
Are you looking for a club? Contact Spence Graham, He’s the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). He’ll hook you up an ARRL Affiliated club or clubs close to you. You can also go to the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council(WVSARC)website and check “Club Contact for new members.” It lists some clubs that are not ARRL Affiliated.

If there isn’t a club near you, and you’d like to start one, we can help with that. Don’t know how to organize a club? We can help with that, too! Contact


If you’re planning your club’s program schedule, and would like to have a WV Section ARRL Official present a program, send a request with the necessary date/time information to We’ll get something set up! Want to do it by Zoom? We can schedule that for you!


No one person can coordinate all the activities involved with the West Virginia Section. Here are the volunteers who make it happen, with the assistance of many others.

Section Manager
Dan Ringer. K8WV

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC)
Spencer Graham, WT8WV

Assistant Section Manager (ASM)
Mark Charles Kraham, W8CMK
Michael E. Maxson, W8SI

Public Information Coordinator (PIC)
Cory Sickles, WA3UVV

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)
Ed Messenger, N8OYY

State Government Liaison (SGL)
Nathan Burdette, WV8NAB

Section Traffic Manager (STM)
Kenneth D. Caplinger, WV8KDC

Section Youth Coordinator
William W. Stewart Sr, W2BSA

Technical Coordinator (TC)
Randy Crowe, N8OZY
Rich Clemens, KB8AOB

You can contact any of the cabinet members by email to <callsign>


Submit a Question

If you have a question, an event, or information for the WV ARRL Web Page, please complete the form below. When finished, simply click the SUBMIT button and it will be sent to Section Manager Dan Ringer K8WV.  

Due to repeated abuse by non-ARRL members, we have had to remove email capability from this site.

If you would like to contact the WV Section Manager, Dan, K8WV, please send an email to his callsign at

If you would like to send a message to the WV Section Emergency Coordinator, Ed, N8OYY, please send an email to his callsign at

We regret this action has become necessary.

Dan, K8WV
ARRL WV Section Manager

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West Virginia Officials

  • Dan Ringer

    Section Manager,
    Assistant Section Manager

    Dan Ringer K8WV

  • Nathaniel Burdette

    State Government Liaison

    Nathaniel A. Burdette WV8NAB

  • Edward Messenger

    Section Emergency Coordinator

    Edward J. Messenger N8OYY

  • William Howard

    Section Youth Coordinator

    William W. Howard WV8WH

  • Charles Kraham

    Assistant Section Manager

    Charles Mark Kraham W8CMK

  • Michael DeHaan

    Assistant Section Manager

    Michael L. DeHaan KD8ZMV

  • Spencer Graham

    Affiliated Club Coordinator

    Spencer W. Graham WT8WV

  • Kenneth Caplinger

    Section Traffic Manager

    Kenneth D. Caplinger WV8KDC

  • Michael Maxson

    Assistant Section Manager

    Michael E. Maxson W8SI


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